Sierra-Maria and Andrew’s road to wedded bliss started off with extravagance, so it’s no surprise their Arlington Estate Wedding was the same.
These two love-birds originally met when they were just 8 years old. It took a few years, but their friendship and the eventual relationship started while they both attended York University. After 3 years of dating, Andrew popped the question after a romantic scavenger hunt led Sierra-Maria running around the city to find him. Straight out of a romance novel!
When meeting with them, we knew that Sierra-Maria and Andrew were super special. The light they give off when talking about each other is truly magical. And yes, I did cry at their wedding. There’s nothing better than being able to capture, true, raw love. And that’s what Sierra-Maria and Andrew have. In addition to being totally in love, they’re also very cool, breezy people. They have a classic, elegant vibe to them and we decided to reflect that in their wedding photography. Sierra-Maria and Andrew both love the colour white. So, that was our starting point. We focused on a bright, natural, and crisp look for their Arlington Estate wedding.
And nothing is as bright, natural, and crisp as their wedding day decor. Andrew and Sierra-Maria made it a point to bring the outdoors indoors for the reception and ceremony. Both of their venues happened to be indoors. But, that didn’t stop them from having the garden wedding of their dreams. Not a single jaw was left un-dropped when Sierra-Maria and Andrew’s guest walked into their Arlington Estate wedding. Full of whimsy and beauty, their rose-filled reception was a showstopper. They had floral and drapery installations on tables, floors, ceilings, vases, and more. Their rockstar vendors absolutely rocked their theme! Big shout out to Rachel A. Clingen Design and Sincerely Yours Event Planning for making Sierra-Maria and Andrew’s indoor garden possible. Though Arlington Estates has the most beautiful outdoor gardens and fountains, we couldn’t help but use the indoor spaces for portraits. Why only have a flower wall when you can have a whole room??
Though these two’s decor and floral arrangements were bomb-dot-com, we didn’t let them take away from the bride and groom. We made sure to make Sierra-Maria and Andrew the focal point of every photograph. Rather than letting their wedding ambience overpower them in photos, we wanted to highlight them and their love. Let backdrops be backdrops, and let your couple work it! No amount of flowers will ever be able to trump the love of your smitten newlyweds. Pro tip: don’t be afraid to shoot with your background out of focus. It may be just what you need to calm down a busy shot and highlight your in-focus lovers! We were able to get the best of both worlds while shooting this Arlington Estate wedding.
Sierra-Maria is a teacher and has always had a love of children. Son, it’s no surprise they were accompanied down the aisle by the sweetest bunch of little cuties. They were all adorable and perfectly matched Sierra-Maria’s Ines Di Santo dress and Andrew’s Garrison Bespoke ensemble. Photographing children can be tricky at times! But this squad of youngsters were total pros. If present at the wedding, always try and have a child’s parent or guardian around when taking photographs of them. This will help them keep calm and cool while you get your shots. Kids love a familiar face to look at, and parents always know what to say to make them laugh. Nothing is better than a big group shot with everyone smiling.
Sierra-Maria and Andrew’s stunning garden flurry of a wedding is one I’ll keep looking back on. From the flowers to the smiles, every part was perfect and so magical to be a part of. When working with such genuine people, it’s hard not to get attached! I wish I could have kept following them around and photographing their escapades while on their honeymoon. We’ll definitely be gushing about their Arlington Estate wedding for years to come. We wish you two all the best as you continue your lives together! We’re so happy to have been along for the ride.
As seen in WedLuxe
Planning: Sincerely Yours Event Planning
Event Design: Rachel A. Clingen Design
Venue: The Arlington Estate
Stationery: So Pretty In Print
Beauty: Fancy Face Inc.
Menswear: Garrison Bespoke
Draping: Eventure Custom Environments And Event Draping
Cakes & Confectionery: Fine Cakes By Zehra
Dance Floor: Event Graffiti